Racing Extinction Screened at Sundance

A new nature documentary, "Racing Extinction", was screened at this year's Sundance Film Festival, one of America's largest and most acclaimed independent film festivals pic A new nature documentary, “Racing Extinction”, was screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, one of America’s largest and most acclaimed independent film festivals.

Directed by Oscar Award winner Louie Psihoyos, “Racing Extinction” chronicles the plight of the world’s many species that are currently facing eradication. The documentary uses striking imagery to bring viewers close to some of the world’s most threatened creatures and the natural habitats that are being destroyed by climate change and development. It takes a critical look at the black markets that profit from the killing of wildlife. The film also exposes companies that carelessly pollute the environment and questions business practices that encourage carbon emissions at the expense of endangered species and their habitats.

“Racing Extinction” is a project of the Ocean Preservation Society (OPS), an organization devoted to the conservation of the world’s marine life and habitats. OPS has been enormously successful in bringing environmental issues into the public consciousness. For this reason, it is among the many advocacy groups supported by Consumer Capital Partners. Previously, OPS released the critically acclaimed film “The Cove”, which documented dolphin hunting in Japan. Also directed by Louie Psihoyos, “The Cove” won the Academy Award in 2010 for Best Documentary Feature Film.

Tom’s Urban Opens Third Location, This Time in Las Vegas

Toms Urban logo pic The eclectic dining experience of Tom’s Urban has recently come to Las Vegas. The acclaimed restaurant opened just in time to ring in the new year at its newest location at the famous New York-New York hotel and casino. Tom’s Urban celebrated its grand opening on December 30, and it has been busy ever since.

Located in the shadow of the brand-new replica Brooklyn Bridge that spans the Strip, Tom’s Urban offers unique cuisine and a variety of specialty cocktails. Both indoor and outdoor seating provide ample space and plenty of opportunities for people-watching, for which Las Vegas is famous.

The restaurant features a cosmopolitan cuisine inspired by the world’s major cities. With items like Asian-style pot stickers, German bratwurst, and Cuban sandwiches, the menu has a distinctly global flair. At the same time, the eatery strives to create its dishes from locally sourced ingredients.

Tom’s Urban is the brainchild of Smashburger founder Tom Ryan and restaurant industry financier Rick Schaden. The Las Vegas location is the brand’s third. Tom’s Urban also can be found in Denver and Los Angeles.

Fans Choose Sixth Stage for 2015 USA Pro Challenge

USA Pro Challenge pic The USA Pro Challenge recently unveiled the cities that will host its 2015 multistage cycling event, which begins in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, on August 17 and ends in Denver on the 23rd. Race officials initially left the race’s sixth stage a mystery, allowing fans to help decide the penultimate leg of the race. To determine the two cities that will comprise the event’s sixth stage, which cyclists will traverse on August 22, event officials surveyed cycling fans across the country, receiving thousands of submissions via the official USA Pro Challenge website and Facebook. The widespread response offered more than 20 options for the race’s start and end points, with most contributors favoring locations in northern Colorado. Based on these recommendations, stage six of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge will begin in Loveland and end in Fort Collins, which will serve as the final starting point before competitors end the race in the state’s capital.

Both Loveland and Fort Collins have hosted race segments in previous years, and fans widely supported both options because both are among Colorado’s best cycling locations. Other fans favored the race’s return to cities left damaged by flooding in 2013.

Urban Nights 2015 to Feature Fashion Show, Entertainment by Charice

Urban Nights 2015 pic Offering a wide range of services in Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado, Urban Peak provides support to at-risk and currently homeless youth as they work towards self-sufficiency. On August 29, 2015, the organization will participate in its third annual Urban Nights fundraiser, an event inspired by Omaha Fashion Week. Established and underwritten by the Joseph Family, Urban Nights benefits Urban Peak and its mission to aid youth experiencing homelessness.

Taking place at Denver’s Mile High Station, Urban Nights will feature a fashion show showcasing creations from several of the city’s most promising emerging designers. Guests will have a chance to mingle at celebrations before and after the main event, which will offer headline entertainment by Charice, an entertainer well known for her role on Glee. Attendees can also take part in a silent auction with all proceeds benefiting the supportive activities and youth of Urban Peak.

Urban Nights is currently seeking sponsors for 2015. Those interested in supporting the annual Urban Peak benefit event can find more information at http://www.urbannightsdenver.org/be-a-sponsor.

USA Pro Challenge Generates Millions for Colorado Economy

USA Pro Challenge pic According to an international sports research group, the annual USA Pro Challenge cycling race pumped more than $130 million into the Colorado economy in 2014. The seven-day race, which takes cyclists through the Rocky Mountains, is one of the largest cycling events in the United States. Thousands of spectators travel to the Denver area each year to enjoy the combination of professional cycling and stunning natural scenery.

Sponsorship Science, which conducted the economic impact study, reported that fans who traveled more than 50 miles to the race spent 12 percent more on food, transportation, entertainment, and lodging in 2014 than in the previous year. The report attributed the increase to fans booking longer hotel stays and to higher hotel fees.

“This race showcases Colorado to the world and creates an incredible economic impact locally that can be felt throughout the year,” restaurant financier Rick Schaden, who founded USA Pro Challenge, told a media outlet.

Schaden also noted that the 2013 race generated increased television viewership. NBC, Universal Sports, and NBC Sports Network aired 30 hours of the race, which was watched in more than 175 countries and territories.